Gabriel Caceres is an undergraduate student majoring in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida. With a high school background in environmental science and current college education, he learned how imperiled the coast and coastal ecosystems are. His main career goal is work on the control and mitigation of invasive species, such as Argentinian tegu, Nile monitor, and iguanas, that outcompete and displace native species.
Shelby Thomas is a Ph.D. student with the University of Florida studying Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. Her research assists in seagrass and scallop restoration in the Tampa Bay area and coral restoration in the keys. She wants to conduct research that would further educate and help improve peoples’ lives and our environments.
Nicholas Fisch is pursuing a Ph.D. in Fisheries and Aquatic Science at the University of Florida. His research aims to determine whether there are suitable alternatives to the multinomial likelihood for modeling age and size composition data within fisheries stock assessments. He hopes that a career in fisheries modeling and stock assessment will help lead to more sustainable fisheries and ultimately a more sustainable future.
2020 Guy Harvey Scholars
Elizabeth Duermit-Moreau is a PhD student studying Fisheries and Aquatic Science at the University of Florida. For her dissertation, she is studying stone crab disease ecology. In particular, she wants to know how fishing pressure and habitat degradation in Florida Bay affect pathogen profiles of stone crabs. She strives to leave a lasting impact in the marine ecological field.
Matthew Schumm is a PhD student in Ecology and Evolution at Florida State University. He is excited to study population dynamics, distributions and evolution of marine and aquatic organisms. He is particularly interested in studying effects of harvest on evolution and demography using quantitative modeling, observations, and experiments.
2020 FOWA Scholarship
2020 Knauss Marine Policy Fellows
Kristin Butler is an M.S. student in marine conservation at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. For her Knauss Fellowship, Butler will be working at the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (Minority).
Bryan Keller is a Ph.D. student in biological oceanography at Florida State University. For his dissertation, he is studying the spatial ecology of elasmobranch fishes. He will study the role of magnetic-based navigation in the seasonal migrations of coastal sharks. For her Knauss Fellowship, Keller will be working at the NOAA-NMFS, Office of International Fisheries.
Amelia Roskar is an M.S. student in biological science at Florida Atlantic University. Grace’s research focused on the characterization of the distribution and habitat use of elasmobranchs in the southern Indian River Lagoon. During her fellowship, Roskar will be serving as a fisheries habitat science specialist at the NOAA-NMFS, Office of Science and Technology.
Alexandra Skrivanek is a Ph.D. student in geology at the University of Florida. For her dissertation, she is studying inferences of last interglacial sea-level variability from circum-Caribbean fossil reefs. For her Knauss Fellowship, Skrivanek will be working as a policy analyst in the NOAA-HQ, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere.
Kathryn Slattery earned a J.D. with a focus on environmental and natural resource law at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law. She plans to dedicate her career to increasing the resilience of coastal communities and ecosystems. Slattery will be serving as national nutrient criteria program fellow at U.S. EPA, Nutrient Criteria Program.
Nature Coast Biological Station Scholar
Jamila Roth is an interdisciplinary ecology Ph.D. student in the University of Florida/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. For her research, she wants to know whether having several different species of seagrass affects seagrass resilience and its ability to support the food chain. Her goal is to produce research findings that will help environmental agencies conserve and restore seagrass.